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Simon Macfarlane

Associate, Bristol

Simon is an experienced Solicitor Advocate, specialising in criminal and regulatory cases.
Simon Macfarlane

Experience


Simon is a criminal defence and regulatory law specialist with significant experience of providing high quality advice and representation to a range of clients. He is regularly instructed by insurers, corporate bodies, and individuals to defend a broad range of criminal offences, including motoring and regulatory offences, from initial investigation and interview up to and including representation in court. Simon is praised for being an effective trial advocate.

Additionally, he is an Associate Lecturer teaching criminal advocacy on the Bar Training Course at the University of the West of England.

Testimonials

  • We would like to thank you so much for your help with our unfortunate incident, the service you gave us was excellent in every way. (A farmer charged with environmental offences) 
  • I cannot thank Simon enough for his professionalism and the way that he supported both myself and my team. Simon put everyone at ease, made himself available anytime and was very thorough in his investigation of the event. The Coroner’s outcome was a good outcome for the home. (A healthcare provider following the Inquest into the death of their resident)
  • I would just like to express my heartfelt thanks to you for all your hard work ensuring we achieved the right result. The past year has been hard to say the least, however your support and relentless hard work during this time made such a difference, I am forever grateful. Whilst I hope to never need your expertise again, should I ever be in such a position I couldn’t wish for a better team to represent me. (A client acquitted of Driving without Due Care and Attention)
 

Recent Cases


Regulatory Cases:

  • HSE v DD Ltd - Defence of a company and their employee accused of health and safety offences following a collision on farmland resulting in the death of a pedestrian. No further action taken by the HSE.
  • HSE v GC Ltd- Defence of a company accused of health and safety offences following a fallen tree resulting in serious injury to a child. No further action taken by the HSE. 
  • MHRA v T Ltd - Representation of a company under investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency following the death of a child.
  • EA v CF Ltd – Representation of a farmer prosecuted for environmental offences by the Environmental Agency. 

Road Traffic Cases:

  • R v JM - Defence at the Crown Court for a tractor driver charged with Causing Death by Careless Driving after a collision with a motorcycle. Case discontinued after representations were made.
  • R v DH - Appeared at the Crown Court for a lorry driver charged with three offences of Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving after his lorry struck a broken down van whilst he was distracted by his mobile phone.
  • R v KB – Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with Driving without Due Care and Attention after a submission of no case to answer.
  • R v BP - Defence of a driver charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. Obtained medical evidence in relation to the defendant’s learning difficulties and successfully argued that he could not have understood the statutory warning. Case discontinued.
  • R v HT - Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. Simon's cross examination of a police officer revealed that the request for the specimen was not borne from a bona fide investigation and as such should not have been sought.
  • R v RG - Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with driving whilst disqualified.
  • R v SD - Secured a suspended sentence at the Crown Court for a defendant charged with Dangerous Driving and Drug Driving on the motorway, as well as a spate of further offences of driving whilst unfit through drugs that were committed whilst on bail and in the weeks preceding the Dangerous Driving offence.
  • Police v TB - Representation at the police station of a suspect accused of Causing Death by Careless Driving. No further action taken and the suspect released following Simon's representations regarding insufficient evidence.

General Crime:

  • R v NS - Secured acquittal after trial in the Magistrates’ Court of a police recruit charged with harassment. Case involved cross examination of a juvenile witness and successful opposition of a post-acquittal restraining order that would have affected NS' ability to pursue his career in the police.
  • R v JJ - Secured acquittal after a two - day trial in the Magistrates’ Court for a carer of good character charged with fraud by abuse of position. Case involved cross examination of a vulnerable adult.

Inquests

  • DH Ltd - Represented a healthcare provider following the death of a resident at one of their care homes after they fell down a flight of stairs. 
  • GCH Ltd - Represented a healthcare provider following the death of a resident at one of their care homes following a chocking incident whereby the risk of choking was known.